High Stakes for the Medium: Rare

I like the Romancing

Powering up the Electric Internet in my new place in the Smoke – yes, I’m now RPS’ official Man In London – I see that Wired has published the results of my recent trip off to see Rare. While neither the new Banjo Kazooie or Viva Pinata have been confirmed for PC, I do interview Justin Cook, who’s lead designer on the latter and had worked on the former. And since that’s on the PC, and we mainly talk about the original and the importance of games-for-kids and games-as-education, it fits under RPS’ mandate. Go read. He’s a lovely guy.

If you’re wondering about the title, it’s what I tried to slip past the Wired editors as the title of my main article. Sadly – but unsurprisingly – cut, but I had to use it somewhere. I’ve been annoying everyone on my IM list by saying it repeatedly at them.


  1. Max says:

    I hear they’re calling the new BK game “Nuts and Bolts”.

    Sheesh. Banjo-Threeie would have actually been more original.

    Still, I might have to buy myself a Microsoft-brand George Foreman Grill 360 in order to play it… I loved the first two games.

  2. Alex says:

    You deserve a fucking kick up the arse for that pun, more like.. ;)

  3. Jonathan says:

    Sod the Lego games, Banjo Kazooie has always been the best kids series.

    I do think Viva Pinata was much too much for a childs game. Much too good that is.

  4. Schtee says:


  5. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    Nice collection of articles there. Particularly interested in Banjo Kazooie as the Nuts and Bolts aspect sounds pretty spiffy and it looks gorgeous to boot.

  6. Nick says:

    Eww, London.

    Fantastic punnage by the way.

  7. Wholly Schmidt says:

    If RPS ever explodes, I’d happily send my traffic to a site of nothing but KFG (and company) offering up headline puns for other people’s stories.

  8. dartt says:

    I see what you did there.

  9. Feet says:

    Very impressive punning.

  10. drunkymonkey says:

    I can’t help noticing what a lovely screenshot that is.

    Is there an uncropped version of it floating about?

  11. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    Here you go (Eurogamer have a higher res version, but they stuck a water mark on it). There are also a few other screenies which have been released, and a trailer. Ta, Shack News.

  12. drunkymonkey says:

    Thanks, Puffin!

    Although I feel like such a lazy git now. :)

  13. Andy says:

    Don’t tell me you’ve left sunny Bathshire! What a sad day :p

  14. mister slim says:

    Well done on the puns.

  15. Crispy says:

    Has the move north got anything to do with your canoodling with the Graundian crowd?

  16. Jives says:

    So has anyone seen the kotaku hands on and related comments…

    Its a hilarious shit storm of unfounded bitching

  17. George-Duckling Manburger says:

    Yeah, I saw the comments on Banjo Kazooie, it’s pretty painful. Especially as not much is know about the game, other than the whole “collect pieces and construct veichle which you pilot”-bit being an important part of the gameplay. “Why aren’t they making a straight ol’ platformer?” “Why are they deviating from the old formula in the slightest?!”
    Funnily enough, I can imagine the same amount of whining if they made a carbon-copy of the N64-titles; “stupid reharsed crap” “look at em tryin to get back to the glory of the old days lol silly”

  18. Jives says:

    I dont think the kotaku article helped, the writer basicly said i played it and its shit.

    personaly i’m more inclined to believe this guys opinions